December 14, 2009

Golf Digest stands by decision to put Tiger Woods on cover

Posted: 04:22 PM ET

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Golf Digest isn't embarrassed for putting Tiger Woods on the same cover as President Barack Obama.

Two weeks before the Woods scandal broke, Golf Digest went to press with its January issue.

The cover featured Woods, 33, and Obama, 48, with the cover line: "10 Tips Obama Can Take From Tiger."

"Woods is a good role model ... because he has always been able to pull himself together after setbacks," the article reads. "Woods never does anything that would make himself look ridiculous."

On Friday, Woods - who has been linked to at least 13 women - acknowledged for the first time his "infidelity," adding that he is taking an "indefinite break from professional golf. I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person."

In light of Woods' confession, Golf Digest doesn't plan to change their Woods coverage in the future.

"Our statement remains the same, that is Golf Digest has had a long-standing relationship with Tiger Woods to provide instruction articles for the magazine, and we do not have any plans to change that," a magazine spokesperson tells

But Woods is feeling some fallout.

Consulting company Accenture announced it is ending its six-year relationship with the golfer, who made an estimated $110 million a year in endorsements.

"We are disappointed but respect their decision. That is all I have to say to you," Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, told the Wall Street Journal.

Gillette also said it plans to suspend advertising featuring Woods, while AT&T and Tag Heuer are reconsidering their deals with the athlete.

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Matt   December 14th, 2009 4:39 pm ET

How about this Golf editors:

next time you have an article mentioning Obama and Tiger in the same title, it should read.....

"10 Tips Tiger Woods can take from Obama"

#1 tip: be a good, faithful husband

A. Smith, Oregon   December 14th, 2009 4:57 pm ET

Good, I don't see any problem with reminding people the man is a golfer.

The bible thumping purists that thought they climbed in bed with Tiger Woods couldn't pass their own scratch and sniff purity test themselves in their own lives.

The man is a great golfer, nothing more, nothing less.

Deb n Texas   December 14th, 2009 5:55 pm ET

Good, somebody has some sense. TIger's personal life have nothing to do with him beating everyone on the golf course. What Tiger does off of the green – is TIger's business. He is a human being and if he thinks he is having fun – so be it.

Kathryn   December 14th, 2009 7:20 pm ET

Golf Digest is right! Tiger has always been a good guy. He was brought up properly by his mom and dad. they did a good job so whatever he does at this age is solely on him. Infidelity is one mistake. How much good has he done over the years? A lot! Be the role model for your kids and let Tiger be a golfer!

It could be that he is not being satified at home. Women have complications from loss of sexual drive to depression after birth. We don't know what home is like. One thing for sure, problem was already there. Maybe his actions are due to the emptiness that his dad left after he passed away and the roaches have been taking advantage of it. he disrespected no woman. They disrespected themselves for spreading their legs like AA spread its wings. They knew that he was married but his money and wealth and fame got them!

Kathryn   December 14th, 2009 7:24 pm ET

Anybody cheat like a lot of these women?? Do you know the sharks in the executive field today and those newbies who want to get somewhere? They even do it in the board room just to get a peice of the pie! It is just harder to find women out but they throw it around too! Leave Tiger! I still love him. He kept himself well for a long time and he is still very young and verile. HAS THE DONALD settled down now or is he still at it? I do not condone immorality but Tiger is no converted, practising christian. Sinners sin. Even christians who should not sin still sin. Give Tiger a break! has anyone bothered to question his emotional state at this point? Where is sympathy and empathy? Some of you just have not yet been caught!

Gerald Jolly   December 14th, 2009 7:40 pm ET

Congratulations to GOLF DIGEST.

Finally someone that understands the difference between a man's activity and his private life.

I am happy to know that 74% of the world gold fans still support Tiger Woods

As for the 26% that do not.


robert (speedy) Gonzales   December 14th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

I am a Bible tthumping Believer in God and if I get close to a stone windows shatter! I have found peace through honest kneel time and a genuine wish to better my self in the eyes of Jesus Christ. I hope for the sake of his family and his own personal growth he makes things right first with God and asks for help to mend private matters. If you wish to pry pray for his entire family. He was and still can be the greatest golfer of our time.

wolfgangpitbullingtonIII!   December 14th, 2009 11:38 pm ET

Dennis Rodman looks like an ol' "pierced freak", and Donald Trump looks like his Lesbian nemesis: "ROSIE"! Tiger Woods, or Tiger Weird, that Poosay Katt has "got his tail stuck in a crack"! I'd advise his wife, Elin, tyo "get th' hell out of th' house before you end up like O.J.'s ol' lady: "Gittin' yo' head cut off"! wolfgangpitbullingtonIII!

Gerald Jolly   December 15th, 2009 12:10 am ET

Here is the reality folks.

Most of Tiger's fans are golfers.

And most are not that great at the game of golf.

I think it's fair to say that every weekend golfers dream is to have at least one "HOLE-IN-ONE" in his lifetime.

And I think what rubs all white folks the most is that.


Barnard van etten   December 15th, 2009 1:43 am ET

Just leave Tider alone what is this doing to every one.

Nobody get any better talking about Tiger.

Rheada   December 15th, 2009 1:48 am ET

I wish Tiger would have left his wife last week, he could have mustarded out a little respect for his wife, children, family and himself....just say you were not happily married...not that you loved and cheated...thats getting old!

Leta Calvert   December 15th, 2009 1:57 am ET

Tiger is paying a price for what he did however all these females that have come out the wood work knew he was married and should be held accountable also. The media needs to kick rocks and leave him alone! He owes no one an explanation but his family and God. endorsements are a 2 way street they made money for carrying his name also and I'm glad Nike had the guts to stand by him despite his fall.

Richard   December 15th, 2009 2:42 am ET


In 2011, headlines will read, Tiger triumphs again.

Yesterday...we just learn from the Lessons. God Bless, Tiger.

Boycott Woods' Endorsed Products   December 15th, 2009 3:02 am ET

I do not hope that Tiger comes back onto my television set to golf or do anything else. Accenture dropped him, so did Gatorade, so should Tag Heuer, Nike, Golf Digest and the PGA.

As long as mens club institutions excuse Tiger & other athletes' disgusting behavior, reducing it to a simply 'private matter,' women will boycott their products. Remember GENTLEMEN – women are earning right along side you now but they still do the majority of the purchasing of clothing and groceries for the family. Family women will not buy products endored by philandering men and inexcusable father figures.

It is convenient for the PGA, Nike, Tag Heuer and Golf Digest to say this is a 'private matter.' Don't tell me NONE of these executives saw Tiger making his moves in their company. There is nothing private about hiring escorts and prostitutes at casinos and hotels, hitting on the lady at the local IHOP and disgracing yourself and your family with a bunch of hired women of the night.

Tiger Woods is a liar. He exposed his wife to God knows what kind of diseases with unprotected sex. What a great man to explain 'the birds and the bees' to his kids. What kind of a company wants that kind of celebrity endorsement?

There shall be no Nike products, Tag Heuer watches or issues of Golf Digest under my family's Christmas tree this year.

By the way, there seems to be a lot of talk about Tiger being picked on because he is African American and his hired women are all white. I'll agree that as the first African American to hit the big time in golf, he has been the subject of lots of media attention – but it was mostly positive because of his game. His own promiscuous activities outside of his marriage changed the attention to negative. This is not a race issue, it is an issue of entitlement. This issue is about a man in a power position who has taken advantage of his privelidge and also about male institutions that do not have the testicular fortitude to stand against it.

Boycott Nike. Boycott Golf Digest. Boycott Tag Heuer and every product endorsed by this disgraceful cheater who had no regard for the health of his own wife (& mother of his children) when he sunk a hole in one with over twelve hired prostitutes.

Private Matter my foot. This one single man is a communal health crisis. Is AIDs that far off everyone's radar? Last time I checked, there still is no cure.

Instead of discussing how Tiger is going to recover, lets lean on these multi-billion dollar companies to drop the Woods' endorsements. Hire a real hero, his wife Elin, who deserves an Academy Award just for being able to wake up and face each new difficult day.

Mary Usher   December 15th, 2009 5:16 am ET

Hello Larry:
It annoys me that this woman came into Tiger's life meeting him playing GOLF. No disrespect, but my opinion is that Tiger should continue playing "GOLF". The wife should go back home where she belongs, and let our "FAMOUS MAN" enjoys his life, being a "GOOD FATHER and playing "GOLF" which is his whole life


janette tx   December 15th, 2009 5:57 am ET

Okay -Rodman is TRASH and Trump is a bad hair JERK.
No one lives in Tiger's head we only know whats been
thrown out there.We don't know his wife or what it's like
being married to her.There are a lot of asumptions.God
knows and that's sufficient.

Lea   December 15th, 2009 8:56 am ET

Tiger Woods is the best golfer that ever lived, period. That is what he should be known for. Other great athletes weren't perfect. Some drank, some cheated. But he is not put on Golf magazines because he cheated, who cares. He's there because if you want to know how to golf look at Tiger. What he does with or without his wife is their business. Build him up to knock him down: How American press works.

Gerald Jolly   December 15th, 2009 10:09 am ET

So what's the big deal anyway.

Tiger is a man that knows how to put it in the hole.


carie   December 16th, 2009 7:21 pm ET

He is recognized for his 'sport' here, not recreational activities!

Gerald Jolly   December 18th, 2009 2:44 pm ET

Boycot Woods Endorsed Products

Get real,

Just because a few sponsors dropped him, are you so ignorant that you dont think new sponsors will come to the front??

Every year, dozens of sponsors have to be turned away because their products conflict with products that Tiger already endorses.

GEEEEZZZZ! Some people are so stupid that they need to be pitied.


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